Barnes Close
Malthouse Lane
B61 0RA

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Are you looking for a venue for a church weekend or conference?
We currently have weekend vacancies
  for 10-12 December 2004, 7-9 January, 11-13 March, 29 April - 1 May,
3-5, 10-12 & 24-26 June 2005 and from July 2005 onwards
email Julia now for details.
Midweek vacancies also available

Barnes Close
The Residential & Conference Centre of the Community


Set in the Waseley Hills, Worcestershire only twelve miles south of Birmingham, Barnes Close is the residential centre of the Community. From the delightful south facing patio there are views across the county to the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds. Barnes Close is home to a small residential community who service both Barnes Close and the Community. Here the Community runs much of its programme of seminars and conferences as well as welcoming groups from churches, schools, youth groups or the 'secular' environment for training events, committee meetings, conferences or holidays. In addition members of the Community and friends come for holiday weeks, craft events, children's camps and retreats.

When you need some personal space we can accommodate individuals needing time away from their job, family, relationship and trauma. Staying alongside the resident team, with most meals provided, you can unwind, reflect, read and pray in the peaceful atmosphere and thereby feel refreshed and renewed to cope again with life at home or work. If requested counselling or Spiritual Direction can be provided.


There is accommodation for up to 40 visitors, mainly in twin bedded rooms. There are some multi-bedded rooms and some single rooms. All bedrooms have hot and cold water and central heating. Showers are available near the bedrooms as are tea and coffee making facilities. In recent years a programme of upgrading has seen the installation of en-suite facilities in eight bedrooms.

There is a common room, dining room, chapel, lounge, library, television room with coffee bar, games room, conservatory and a committee room.

The extensive grounds have direct access to the Waseley Country Park offering opportunities for walking.

Accommodation is normally provided on a full board basis but half board can be provided on request. Good home cooked food is served by the Community.

The Common Room, Coffee Bar and Chapel are fitted with loop systems to aid those whose hearing is impaired.

For Your Church

If your church is considering a day, weekend or several days away Barnes Close could be just the setting you are looking for. Your purpose may be to deepen your commitment together during a programme of fun and fellowship and perhaps some Bible study. It may be to prepare and pray for a Festival of Faith, possibly with a Community member to help. Whatever your reason the house with its country park surroundings and the Community's resources could provide the welcoming atmosphere and ambience for a creative time together.

For Your Seminar or Committee Meeting

Whether you want to hold a day conference or a 48 hour (or longer) residential, undisturbed by the pressure of your normal work situation, Barnes Close could suit your needs. As well as the large Common Room which can be arranged to your requirements and accommodates up to 40 there is also a smaller conference room which can accommodate 15 and several additional rooms for small group work. All these rooms are light and airy and have power points for computers and other equipment.

For Your School or Youth Group

For a relaxed weekend or for a few days midweek for a project or field study work Barnes Close could be the answer to your needs. As well as the facilities mentioned above snooker and table tennis are available indoors as well as extensive grounds and a tennis court for outdoor activities. There is field study potential in the adjacent country park, streams and ponds and there are several motorway observation points nearby. The caring approach of the Community makes Barnes Close very suitable for young people with special needs as well as those from the inner-city and other groups.


Avoncroft Museum of Rural Life,
Black Country Museum
Bromsgrove (golf, swimming, horse riding),
Cadbury World,
Lickey, Clent and Waseley Country Parks.
National Exhibition Centre
Severn Valley Railway,
Stourbridge (crystal and glass),
Stratford and Shakespeare Country,
Tardebigge Locks,
Warwick (Castle),
Worcester (Cathedral, Shops, Market),


from Birmingham New Street to Longbridge then by taxi, or to Bromsgrove then bus 007 (weekday daytimes only).

First Midland Red 143 or 144, Zaks 86 or 627 or Travel West Midlands 49, 49A or 63 to Rubery then taxi.
Ludlows 007 (Weekday daytimes) from Halesowen to Bromsgove passes the end of the drive. Alight on Money Lane at Malthouse Lane. (1/2 mile walk up drive).

Fly to Birmingham International Airport then to take train to Birmingham New Street and change  on to Longbridge train OR take Travel West Midlands bus 900 to Birmingham and change on to 63, 143 or 144 to Rubery.

To junction 4 of the M5 motorway. Take the A491 towards Stourbridge for 1/2 mile. Turn right onto the B4551 (Money Lane) towards Halesowen. After 1/2 mile turn right into Malthouse Lane then bear left through tunnel under motorway. At end of tunnel turn left and Barnes Close is at the top of the



Click Here to for a short history of Barnes Close

Click Here for a map of how to find Barnes Close.
Barnes Close is the building immediately under the words 'Chapmans Hill'

* Barnes Close, Chadwich, Malthouse Lane Bromsgrove, Worcs, B61 0RA

(: 01562 710231
Fax: 01562 710278
Office hours: 9.30am-5pm (Monday to Friday)

To speak to guests call, Tel: 01562 710682

Click on a link below to go straight to the page that interests you.
What is the Community for Reconciliation Barnes Close
The Residential & Conference  Centre of the Community
The Residential Team of the Community External Affairs History
Activities & Events CfR Links Across The World Volunteering at
Barnes Close
Personal Retreats Links

This website has been constructed, and is maintained, by Rev Ian Ring, Community Co-ordinator of the Community for Reconciliation and Minister of the Beacon Church Centre, Rubery. Any views expressed in this website are personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Community for Reconciliation, The Beacon Church Centre or The United Reformed Church as a whole.

Ian Ring 2001-4. All comments regarding the website to Ian Ring please.

Site last updated 27th November 2004